Highway is the new home for farmers

Tents pitched on tractors, people hectic chopping vegetables to get food ready, photovoltaic panels to charge smart phones, medical camps and even hookahs – when a road teeming with traffic, Delhi’s Tikri border looks like a ‘pind’ (village) now.Living in this town are farmers who have come mostly from neighbouring Punjab to demand a repeal of the Centre’s three agriculture reform laws.

“This is going to be our home in the near future as it is going to be a long fight. We are here to stay,” states 50-year-old Gurunam Singh who came from Punjab’s Mansa district.

“We have a lot of whatever here. We have adequate provisions for at least 6 months,” he said.Since they landed at the Delhi entrance nine days back, these farmers have been preparing ‘langar’ every day to feed over 5,000 people, consisting of locals and those who check out the demonstration site.Doctors have actually established medical camps to tend to farmers who have actually been braving the winter chill to keep their protest going. The threat of coronavirus likewise looms in a location where few wear face masks or keep social distancing.However, this does not prevent the protesters.Gurunam, who set out from house on November 26, suffered chest discomfort not long after he arrived at Tikri border and was referred to Ram Manohar Lohia Health center here.After he was released from the health center, he chose to stay back with other protesters.”We are from Punjab, we spread out love any place we go. Neither coronavirus nor winter season can stop us from fighting our battle,” stated Gurunam.Resting on his tractor, Ram Singh, also from Mansa, stated he and his senior uncle won’t return up until the farm laws are repealed.Ram stated they have complete support from their village and a minimum of one person from each household has signed up with the demonstration here.Over 500 tractors are lined up along the road, one after the other. Numerous have posters connected on with messages like “No farmer, no food, no GDP, no future”. These posters are made by a group of farmers, primarily youngsters.Honey, a second-year Bachelor’s Degree student who ceased his online classes to join the protest, is hectic making one such poster. It reads: “We are farmers, not terrorists”.”I am a farmer’s kid. If today I don’t fight for the farming community’s rights, what is the point of such an education?” he asks.Some do-gooders have actually set up solar panels at the protest site so that the farmers can charge their mobile phones, while lots of regional groups are providing things like water, soap, dry fruits and mosquito repellents.Temporary toilets have actually also been set up at Tikri border.Acknowledging the assistance, the farmers stated individuals have not simply opened their doors to them but likewise their hearts.Sandeep Sharma, who runs a small workshop in the location, has set out pipelines to make sure farmers have adequate water for daily tasks like bathing and cleaning clothing.”These farmers are our visitors. They are our backbone,” Sharma said.”They produce food for us. We would consider ourselves fortunate if we are able to help them today,” he said.”Within a week, we have developed a close relationship with them. When they have breakfast or lunch, they insist we join them,” he added.Krishnan, who provides medical oxygen, has extended an electricity connection through his store to the farmers for charging their mobile phones.Enacted in September, the 3 farm laws are expected to bring “reforms” in the farming sector by eliminating intermediaries and permitting farmers to sell their fruit and vegetables anywhere in the country.Farmers worry these laws will eliminate the safety net of the Minimum Assistance Price (MSP) and eliminate mandis that ensure earning. But the federal government states the MSP system will continue and the new laws will provide farmers more choices to offer their crop.The farmers, who will hold the 4th round of talks with the government in the future Saturday, have required a’ Bharat Bandh’ on December 8 and threatened to inhabit toll plazas.

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